East Rossi Street Safe Streets Pilot Program

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News Date: 
February 13, 2020

The Transportation Agency of Monterey County (TAMC) initiated a new Safe Streets Pilot Program in November 2019.  The Safe Streets Pilot Program aimed to utilize planned roadway maintenance projects, such as repaving, to demonstrate low-cost features to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Funding for the Safe Streets Pilot comes from the Regional Surface Transportation Program funds that the Agency’s Board of Directors set aside for Complete Streets implementation.

City staff evaluated resurfacing project planned for 2020 and with TAMC recommendations selected East Rossi Street as the optimal candidate to apply for these funds.  East Rossi Street has a recent history of both bicycle and pedestrian collisions, particularly at the intersection of East Rossi Street and Sherwood Drive.  Additionally, the installation of new bikes lanes and pedestrian improvements of East Rossi Street are a strategic goal identified in the Chinatown Revitalization Plan.  A concept plan was developed to install buffer bike lanes, signal modifications, and improved roadway geometry. The concept plan was submitted in an application to TAMC and selected for award December 4, 2019.  With the acceptance of the Safe Streets Pilot Program Grant the City will commit to delivering specific bicycle and pedestrian improvements on East Rossi Street and will receive $152,000 with no local match.  

If there are any questions on the Downtown Complete Streets Project, please contact the City of Salinas Department of Public Works Department (831) 758-7241.